Zenvo, a Danish automotive manufacturer, has recently unveiled the Aurora model, which comes in two distinctive variations: the Agil, designed to excel on the track, and the Tur, optimized for luxurious grand touring. The Aurora marks the successor to Zenvo’s previous TS hypercar series, concluding with the TSR-GT model.
Diverging from its predecessors that relied on V-8 engines, the Aurora showcases an innovative V-12 hybrid powertrain, a collaborative result of Zenvo and Mahle’s joint efforts. This groundbreaking 6.6-liter V-12 engine is equipped with quad-turbocharging, generating an impressive 1,250 hp and achieving a rev limit of 9,800 rpm.
Located within the midsection of the Aurora’s frame, the V-12 engine is paired with a single electric motor in the Agil version. This integration results in a combined power output of 1,450 hp. The electric motor, along with an electronic differential, is linked to a seven-speed transmission, exclusive to the rear-wheel-drive setup of the Agil variant.
In the Tur iteration of the Aurora, two additional electric motors are introduced at the front axle, transforming the power distribution into an all-wheel-drive system and elevating the total power output to an impressive 1,850 hp. Each variant boasts specific transmission tuning and engine mapping tailored to their distinct performance objectives.
Expected performance metrics encompass an acceleration time of 2.3 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint and a maximum speed of 280 mph for the Tur model. The Agil, with slightly lower power output and aerodynamics emphasizing drag, achieves slightly more conservative figures: 2.5 seconds for the 0-62 mph acceleration and a top speed of 227 mph. It’s worth noting that the Agil version is poised to excel on racetracks due to its agility and performance focus.
Central to the Aurora’s design philosophy is a fully carbon-fiber chassis built upon the modular ZM1 configuration. This approach incorporates carbon fiber into the passenger cell, as well as the front and rear sub-frames, resulting in a unified composite structure. This design not only offers exceptional strength and reduced weight, coming in at less than 265 pounds, but also integrates crash structures inspired by Formula 1 cars, ensuring safety.
The lightweight nature of the chassis significantly contributes to the claimed dry weight of the Agil variant, listed at 2,866 pounds, while the Tur version weighs 3,197 pounds due to additional drivetrain components. The chassis design, developed by Managing Composites, the same company responsible for the chassis of Hispano-Suiza’s Carmen electric grand tourer, showcases exposed components reminiscent of motorcycle aesthetics, even featuring seats directly mounted onto the chassis.
Front pushrods and rear double wishbones constitute the suspension system, crafted to reveal specific suspension components externally, echoing the chassis’s design ideology. Noteworthy features encompass carbon-ceramic brake rotors and center-lock wheels. These wheels stand at 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear, all ensconced in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or Cup 2R tires. These tires are sized at 265/35 in the front and 325/30 in the rear.